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  • Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires

    10/03/2012 1:55:18 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/3/2012
    Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia's Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group's low-cost attack strategy. "One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda's strategy of a 'thousand cuts'," Alexander Bortnikov said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti, at a meeting of heads of security agencies. "This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses." In...
  • Major Forest Fire in Northern Area of Givat Nili

    06/20/2012 2:01:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/6/12
    A forest fire broke out in Givat Nili on Wednesday evening. Firefighters have been deployed from surrounding regions...
  • El Paso man guilty of causing NM forest fire with toilet paper

    10/29/2011 5:41:44 AM PDT · by cowpoke · 14 replies
    KRQE ^ | 10/28/2001 | unknown
    An El Paso, Texas, man pleaded guilty Friday to starting the Last Chance Fire that ripped through a section of the Lincoln National Forest and threated the community of Queen. Rodrigo Ulloa Esquivel, 29, admitted that on April 24 he set toilet paper on fire near a campsite in Last Chance Canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains. A stiff wind spread sparks starting a fire that quickly grew beyond attempts fo Ulloa and a his companions attempts to contain it... Smokey Bear Says"Don't squeeze my Charmin or set it on fire""Wild bears don't use toilet paper - the fines are too...
  • Study: ‘Intense’ forest thinning best way to ease future wildfires [Captain Obvious story]

    08/29/2011 3:57:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 66 replies
    SIERRA VISTA Herald/Review ^ | CASSONDRA STRANDE
    t may have taken the largest wildfire in Arizona history, but for the first time in decades, environmentalists and government officials agree on a key element of future forest management. The U.S. Forest Service said in a report this month that “intense thinning treatments” can ease future wildfires, by removing trees between six and 18 inches in diameter to allow for additional space between trees. “Everyone agrees that a lot of the dry forest types need to be treated in terms of removing the vegetation,” said Morris Johnson, a research ecologist with the Forest Service and co-author of the report....
  • Boulder residents urged to be watchful, prepared (Forest Fire)

    09/09/2010 4:36:45 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 20 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 9-9-2010 | Tom McGhee and Kieran Nicholson
    BOULDER — City officials are urging residents who live west of Broadway in Boulder to prepare in the event high winds forecast for this evening carry embers from the Fourmile Canyon fire into city limits. Winds may reach 50 mph out of the southwest, which caused city officials to warn residents living roughly from Spruce Avenue north to Dakota Ridge to be vigilant. "There are concerns about the fire's path becoming less predictable and the possibility of spot fires from embers," City Manager Jane S. Brautigam said in a news release. "We are certainly hoping for the best, but as...
  • DPRK October forest fires via NASA (huge smoke plumes - N. Korea)

    10/20/2009 7:49:53 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 1,010+ views
    DPRK October forest fires via NASA According to NASA: Multiple fires burned in North Korea in mid-October 2009, sending a plume of smoke over the Sea of Japan. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on October 15. Red outlines indicate hotspots associated with active fires, although not all the fires have visible hotspots. The smoke plumes blow uniformly eastward, some of the individual plumes coalescing into a single large plume over the sea. Click image for full size version. I also made a Google Earth overlay of this image which you can...
  • Happy [belated] 65th birthday, Smokey Bear

    08/10/2009 3:57:03 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 34 replies · 1,060+ views
    The Examiner ^ | August 9 2009 | Thomas McAdam
    Today the nation celebrates the 65th birthday of one of our most beloved protectors: Smokey Bear, the guardian of our forests. Dressed in a ranger's hat, belted blue jeans, and carrying a shovel, he has been America’s forest fire prevention symbol, since his debut in 1944. Today, he is one of the most famous advertising symbols in the world and is protected by Federal Law. He has his own private zip code, his own legal council, and his own private committee to insure that his name is used properly. Smokey Bear is much more than a make-believe paper image; he...
  • Islam group urges forest fire jihad

    02/09/2009 8:55:05 AM PST · by george76 · 54 replies · 2,642+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 7, 2008 | Josh Gordon
    AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for “forest jihad” by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror. US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to “start forest fires”, claiming “scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels’ forests when they do the same to our lands”. The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the “eye...
  • Evacuations under way as wildfire rages in Santa Cruz Mountains

    05/22/2008 8:11:29 AM PDT · by EggsAckley · 65 replies · 419+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 5-22-08 | By Mark Gomez
    Firefighters are evacuating residents near a wildfire that is burning out of control this morning in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire has burned about 500 acres. Sheriff's deputies from Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties are in the process of evacuating residents living in a three-mile stretch near Mount Madonna Road, according to Chris Morgan, a fire prevention specialist. Morgan estimates there are at least 20 homes in the are being threatened by the fire. "Our main priority is evacuations, getting people out safely," Morgan said. "Then we can start...
  • California Wildfires Continue to Grow: NASA Images Show Fire's Immense Size

    10/25/2007 12:51:17 PM PDT · by Freeport · 20 replies · 60+ views
    NASA ^ | 10.25.07 | N/A
    Passing over Southern California at 3:10 p.m. on October 24, 2007, NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the massive wildfires that have devastated the area. These startling images show the Southern California region covered in a thick blanket of smoke. Red pixels indicate fire activity. Smoke can also be seen billowing out over the Pacific Ocean. While news agencies report that the strong Santa Ana winds that fueled these fires are expected to nearly disappear soon, there are still 15 large fires burning in the region. These blazes have charred 695 square miles and destroyed 1,609 homes, with damage...
  • Death toll from Greek forest fires rises (now 41)

    08/25/2007 4:07:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 789+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 08/25/07 | Bonnie Malkin and agencies
    Death toll from Greek forest fires rises By Bonnie Malkin and agencies Last Updated: 11:34am BST 25/08/2007 The death toll from forest fires raging out of control across vast swathes of southern Greece has increased to 41 people. At least 20 of the deaths occurred in the western Peloponnese near the town of Zaharo The casualties were believed to include several children, the Greek fire department said. Most of them died on the road when they were trapped trying to flee the flames. Video: Greece on fire One witness said he had seen several charred bodies during a search for...
  • At Least 11 Firefighters Die in Spanish Forest Fire

    07/17/2005 3:53:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 272+ views
    yahoo news/Reuters ^ | July 17, 2005
    At least 11 firefighters die in Spanish forest fire Victor Fraile At least 11 firefighters were killed on Sunday in a forest fire raging out of control along a 17-km (10-mile) front in central Spain, a regional official said. A local government source said as many as 14 people may have died, apparently trapped by the blaze that has scorched thousands of hectares in the Guadalajara area east of Madrid. Two vehicles used by the firefighters were burned. Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega and other officials were on their way to the scene to get first-hand...
  • LDS Church Added as Defendant in $14 Million Lawsuit

    06/25/2005 6:45:15 AM PDT · by digitalman · 20 replies · 1,201+ views
    KSL1160 NewsRadio ^ | June 24,2005 | Ben Winslow
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  • Man using fire to clear land ignited Cottonville (WI) blaze

    05/07/2005 12:51:26 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 29 replies · 945+ views
    JSOnline ^ | May 6, 2005 | Annysa Johnson, et al
    Big Flats, WI - A man clearing his land with a small fire ignited Wisconsin's worst forest fire in 25 years, a blaze that cut a mile-wide swath through Adams County destroying 30 homes and dozens of other structures. The massive blaze ripped across 3,900 acres in rural Adams County, the Department of Natural Resources said Friday. Ironically, the unidentified landowner had used the fire to clear his land to make it less susceptible to fire damage, DNR officials said. The fire tore through the communities of Big Flats, Preston and Culburn, destroying 30 homes and 60 mobile homes and...
  • Dozens Flee Wisconsin Forest Fire

    05/06/2005 6:02:21 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 399+ views
    FOXNews/AP ^ | May 06, 2005
    Dozens Flee Wisconsin Forest Fire Friday, May 06, 2005 BIG FLATS, Wis. — A blaze that started as a brush fire burned at least 20 buildings -- and maybe as many as 50 -- and forced dozens to flee as it spread over almost 4,000 acres in central Wisconsin (search), state Natural Resources Secretary Scott Hassett said Friday. Authorities had no reports of major injuries from the fire, which broke out Thursday afternoon in Big Flats (search) just north of the Adams-Friendship area. Nearly 100 people fled a 100-square-mile area, and the destroyed properties included summer cabins, year-round homes and...
  • Fire eats 1,500-acres of mid-Michigan forest before being contained (Roscommon County)

    04/17/2005 3:51:06 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 5 replies · 2,304+ views
    AP ^ | 4-17-05
    Fire eats 1,500-acres of mid-Michigan forest before being contained 4/17/2005, 1:20 p.m. ET The Associated Press NESTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A weekend forest fire in Roscommon County burned about 1,500 acres, prompting some precautionary evacuations before fire crews contained the blaze by early Sunday. Jim Fisher, the state Department of Natural Resources' fire management specialist, said crews had established a controlled perimeter around the fire by about 4 a.m. EDT Sunday and continued to "mop it up," and put down hot spots. Crews from three townships and the state used bulldozers and off-road engines in addition to regular tankers,...
  • Mushroom Cloud [in Utah?]

    09/24/2004 5:02:58 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 90 replies · 3,960+ views
    Coast to Coast AM ^ | Friday, September 24, 2004 | Brian Justice
    On our way back home from a family drive on 8/29/04 my wife and I noticed a peculiar mushroom cloud just east of our home in Wellington, UT. We ran into the house and brought our both of our digital cameras and started snapping pictures. Within 2 hours there were three different “explosions” resulting in mushroom clouds. We emailed a local news station; they looked into the pictures but to no avail. There were truck drivers parked at the gas station just down from our home, the drivers did not dare drive the road for fear of whatever was happening...
  • Forest Service taking the heat

    01/01/2004 2:17:49 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 41 replies · 1,017+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Jan. 1, 2004 | Brent Israelsen
    For setting a "prescribed fire" that went awry in September, the U.S. Forest Service is in hot water with the state. Rick Sprott, director of the Utah Division of Air Quality, has issued the Forest Service a "notice of violation" in connection with the Cascade Springs II fire, which burned 7,800 acres and poured smoke into the Wasatch Front for a week. The notice accuses the Forest Service of polluting the air in Utah's population center and of failing to submit a proper plan to the division before igniting the fire. It does not call for a fine, although the...
  • Burn Baby Burn - Sierra Club ECO-TERROR FREEP

    12/21/2003 12:11:16 PM PST · by steplock · 50 replies · 1,848+ views
    Burn Baby BurnDate: Sunday, December 21 @ 11:55:29 Topic Environment Atlanta judge shuts down logging operation in ONFArkansas Democrat-GazetteAUSTIN GELDER Atlanta U.S. District Judge Orinda Evans (Jimmy Carter appointee) shut down contentious logging operations in the Ouachita National Forest this week, idling chain saws at least until the U.S. Forest Service proves the timber harvests in question will have no significant environmental impact. The Atlanta judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday halting all logging and road building on 10,000 acres of national forest land in Arkansas until a Jan. 5 hearing where the Forest Service will have a...
  • Fire burning north of Rapid City (SD), fanned by high winds

    11/20/2003 7:49:56 AM PST · by phasma proeliator · 14 replies · 174+ views
    KOTA Territory News ^ | 11/20/2003 6:04:25 AM | KOTA Territory News
    Very strong winds are driving a grass and timber fire just northwest of Rapid City. The fire, which is being called the Mill Road fire, started sometime after midnight. It is estimated at over 400 acres. Deadwood Avenue and Haines Avenue were closed to traffic north of Interstate 90. Deadwood Avenue re-opened around 7:30 AM. The Interstate is open. The Laurel Heights subdivision was evacuated overnight. A voluntary evacuation order was issued for Westin Heights. There are no reports of structures burned. No injuries were reported. The smoke is being carried over a large area of east Rapid City. Fire...
  • Southern California Fires -- Live Thread 10/30

    10/29/2003 10:01:50 PM PST · by lainie · 915 replies · 2,317+ views
    10/30/2003
    Cal Fire Maps http://wildfire.cr.usgs.gov/ca_geomac/viewer.htm http://www.incidentcontrol.com http://www.firedetect.ssd.nesdis.noaa.gov/Run.htm Live online scanner feeds for fire, cops, CDF, air attack http://www.live365.com/stations/kb6jag FYI, this gives popups http://www.police-scanner.info/livescan.htm - No pop ups on this feed http://www.compucations.com/nuke/html/modules.php?name=LiveScanners - click on Big Bear Feed http://verdugo.ci.glendale.ca.us/radio.html - Verdugo fire scanner http://www.shoutcast.com/directory/?s=scanner&numresult=100&x=34&y=9 - Simi Valley fire scanner http://209.153.152.2:8888 - Ventura county scanner chatter Big Bear online scanner feed for CDF, cops, air attack etc. Go to Yahoo.com and register if you're not a member. Once you register you can go into any chat room In the text box of your chosen chatroom type: /join the old fire scanner:1 This should...
  • Authorities Arrest Suspected Arsonist (California)

    10/28/2003 11:15:48 PM PST · by hotpotato · 177 replies · 528+ views
    News4 ^ | October 28, 2003
    ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST -- A man was arrested Tuesday after deputies caught him setting a fire in a steep, remote canyon filled with dry brush and large trees in the Angeles National Forest, according to sheriff detectives. Hikers in a remote trail about a half-mile north of the Eaton Canyon Bridge in Altadena saw a man making a fire there and alerted authorities, sheriff's Detective Ed Nordskog said. Los Angeles County Parks officials and deputies arrived about 10 a.m. as the man was standing next to a fire about four feet in diameter. He warned the deputies to stay away...
  • Southern California Fires -- Live Thread 10/29

    10/28/2003 11:00:04 PM PST · by lainie · 2,664 replies · 4,003+ views
    Cal Fire Maps http://wildfire.cr.usgs.gov/ca_geomac/viewer.htm http://www.incidentcontrol.com http://www.firedetect.ssd.nesdis.noaa.gov/Run.htm Live online scanner feeds for fire, cops, CDF, air attack http://www.live365.com/stations/kb6jag FYI, this one gives pop ups if you use it. No pop ups on this feed http://www.police-scanner.info/livescan.htm Another live scanner feed. Click on Big Bear Feed http://www.compucations.com/nuke/html/modules.php?name=LiveScanners another live feed for socal, Verdugo Fire Communications Center http://verdugo.ci.glendale.ca.us/radio.html Simi Valley fire scanner http://www.shoutcast.com/directory/?s=scanner&numresult=100&x=34&y=9 http://209.153.152.2:8888 lots of scanner chatter in Ventura county CHP Dispatch http://cad.chp.ca.gov/ CDF AIR CHANNELS Red - 151.220 - Air to ground units Blue - 151.280 - Air to air Green - 151.295 - Air to air Yellow - 151.310 - Air...
  • SoCal Fires Live Thread 10/28

    10/27/2003 9:17:40 PM PST · by spectr17 · 2,768 replies · 2,652+ views
    10/28/03 | Myself
    SoCal Fires Live Thread 10/28
  • Will Muslim Terrorists Burn the Western States?

    06/12/2002 6:24:10 AM PDT · by Silas · 146 replies · 560+ views
    Independent Logic | June 12, 2002 | Silas
    Muslim terrorists have the capacity to set wildfires en masse and destroy a large part of the western United States. This theory was best said and first put forward by Freeper Travis McGee when he said it like this: "Somebody had better be planning contingencies for a mass terrorist arson attack. Think of 20 arsonists setting ten fires each on a line 1000 miles long in one day. Or think of 20 Denver fires set upwind of cities on one day. Box cutter >>> 9-11 Butane lighter >>> ??????" We don't want to voice this concern because we are afraid...
  • Firestorm Kills 12, Destroys Hundreds Of Homes (Closure Announcements also given.)

    10/27/2003 2:05:57 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 16 replies · 375+ views
    Firestorm Kills 12, Destroys Hundreds Of Homes Fires Threatens Much Of County POSTED: 7:12 a.m. PST October 26, 2003 RAMONA, Calif. -- The worst firestorm to hit San Diego County in living memory has killed at least 12 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and devastated more than 128,000 acres, fire officials reported Sunday evening. School Closures In addition to the 12 confirmed deaths, there are unconfirmed reports of more fatalities, Sheriff Bill Kohlender said. Some of those killed were found in their cars and others had died in their homes, said the sheriff. The county medical examiner was investigating all...
  • Sisters fire, $7million spent, timber devastated

    09/07/2003 11:04:23 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 5 replies · 186+ views
    Sisters fire, $7million spent, timber devastated by Pat Ratliff, staff writer, posted 9/4/03, The Tri-County Courier The B&B Fire Complex, burning approximately 14 miles northwest of Sisters, Oregon, grew to nearly 50,000 acres by Sunday, with the running cost topping $7 million, fire officials said. Firefighting costs are increasing by about $1 million each day, according to Incident Commander Bob Anderson. Anderson said 2,137 personnel are fighting the blaze. Although the fire is 40 percent contained, Anderson said there is no estimate of when total containment might come. Fire Information Officer Tom Lavagnino, of the Rogue River National Forest, explained...
  • Air, land battle continues against fire near Foresthill

    09/07/2003 10:39:42 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 2 replies · 194+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 7, 2003 | Lesli A. Maxwell
    <p>Firefighters kept up their battle Saturday against a 775-acre blaze in the Tahoe National Forest near Foresthill, one of dozens of fires still burning in Northern California after a series of lightning strikes last week.</p> <p>Fighting from the air and the ground, fire crews had contained 45 percent of the Codfish fire about six miles east of Foresthill, said Anna Payne, a fire information officer for the U.S. Forest Service.</p>
  • The Burning Myth of "Wilderness" and "Natural Fire"

    07/03/2003 3:11:52 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 21 replies · 456+ views
    eco-logic Powerhouse ^ | July, 2003 | Jan Michael Jacobson
    Who's responsible for the fires? What really caused the Summerhaven, Arizona fire which destroyed a town of 259 homes? Could it have been prevented? Who is actually responsible? The National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service stopped the historic, frequent burning of brush and grasses. They outlawed the removal of mature trees. The highly inflammable brush, grass, and old trees accumulated, year after year, decade after decade. For the last 11,000 years, first Indians, then pioneers, and lately ranchers and farmers, regularly set fires to burn off accumulated flammable materials. All of North America was adapted to these historic, frequent,...
  • Senate Panel Juggles Wildfire, Forest Management

    06/27/2003 8:19:47 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 6 replies · 238+ views
    Environment News Service ^ | June 26, 2003 | J.R. Pegg
    Senate Panel Juggles Wildfire, Forest Management By J.R. PeggWASHINGTON, DC, June 26, 2003 (ENS) - When the Senate Agriculture Committee kicked off discussions of the House forest thinning bill today, Arizona Senator John McCain urged his colleagues to work aggressively to forge agreement on how to address the growing threat of wildfire. There may be disagreement over provisions in the House bill, McCain said, but Congress can not afford to allow the debate to once again end in an impasse. "We face a major crisis," the Arizona Republican said, reminding the committee that a current fire in his state has...
  • Enviros down in flames

    06/23/2003 1:14:24 AM PDT · by gaucho · 17 replies · 367+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 23, 2003 | Barbara Simpson
    Enviros down in flamesPosted: June 23, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com The inferno continues in Tucson as I write. It's one of at least eight wildfires in Arizona and the fire season's just beginning. With the heat, wind and drought, it'll be a long, hot, dangerous summer. It also sets the scene for more battles between the Bush administration and environmentalists. By the time you read this, who knows what this fire toll will be. Right now, there's zero containment of the fire at Mount Lemmon, 7,000 acres burned and no estimate for containment or control. In other words, all...
  • Governors to tackle wildfire issues

    06/17/2003 2:45:40 PM PDT · by EBUCK · 29 replies · 456+ views
    Missoulian ^ | 6-16-2003 | SHERRY DEVLIN
    "And now, let the wild rumpus start." - Max, the boy-king, in "Where the Wild Things Are" In the summer of 2000, the call came from Montana. "Help!" Wildfires blackened entire watersheds in the Bitterroot Valley. Day turned to night in Darby and Missoula, so thick was the smoke. Subdivisions outside the state capital were evacuated; homes burned to their foundations. Congress responded with the National Fire Plan, a $1 billion effort to both improve the nation's wildland firefighting capability and reduce the danger of future fires. Pretty soon, though, most everyone outside of Montana had forgotten the fires of...
  • Experiment uses goats to reduce wildfire risk -project is working better than anyone expected

    04/24/2003 8:59:26 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 27 replies · 332+ views
    Experiment uses goats to reduce wildfire risk 04/24/2003 The Associated Press PRESCOTT -- Northern Arizona forest officials are using goats from the Navajo Reservation to help get rid of overgrown brush that could fuel wildfires. Officials with the Prescott National Forest contracted with a company called Alert Incorporated for a six-month experiment using goats to munch on forest brush. A handful of goat-herding families from the Navajo Reservation are participating in the project. About 200 goats are currently chomping away on 300 acres of chaparral south of Prescott. Officials involved in the month-old experiment say the project is working...
  • Wildfire-control bill stalls on objections from Democrats

    09/19/2002 8:56:40 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 251+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/19/02 | Audrey Hudson
    <p>Negotiations broke down yesterday over the Bush administration's plan to curb forest wildfires, and Democrats may block a final vote on the measure today.</p> <p>"There are all kinds of tactics being used to keep us from voting," said Sen. Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican.</p>
  • Bush's logging plan values the forest for its trees (BARF Alert)

    09/06/2002 10:58:25 AM PDT · by NorCoGOP · 52 replies · 461+ views
    Daily Texan (UT Austin) ^ | 9/5/02 | Kena Piña
    AUSTIN, Texas -- The best way to rid the world of the AIDS epidemic is to quarantine and kill those infected by it. Most people would agree that this statement is not only false, but extremely misanthropic and merciless. In the same way, the idea that cutting down old growth trees in national parks in the name of fire prevention should be seen as absurd as the previous statement. This gross misjudgment is exactly what President Bush is currently trying to feed the American public. Most of the nation, as well as the world, is presently coming to terms with...
  • Oregon Fire Largest in State's History

    08/11/2002 5:08:54 AM PDT · by 2sheep · 45 replies · 769+ views
    Fox News ^ | Saturday, August 10, 2002 | AP
    <p>GRANTS PASS, Ore.  — The nation's largest active wildfire grew to about 333,890 acres early Saturday, making it Oregon's largest wildfire in over a century.</p> <p>The blaze in the Siskiyou National Forest and adjoining lands in southwestern Oregon and Northern California is now larger than the 1933 Tillamook Fire, which burned 311,000 acres.</p>
  • Raging Fire Threatens Giant California Trees! Tactics Of Tree Huggers Are Questioned!

    07/24/2002 12:00:53 PM PDT · by Retired Chemist · 13 replies · 337+ views
    PINE FLAT, Calif., July 24 — A ferocious wildfire fed by heavy underbrush and weeks of dry weather was threatening a treasured grove of ancient redwoods on Wednesday, setting up a potentially devastating scenario because officials said they wouldn’t risk firefighters’ lives to save the trees snip The fire also fueled the debate over how to best protect the sequoias. Using lawsuits, environmentalists have blocked some efforts to thin underbrush in the forest, saying it is a front for logging. But forest officials warn that simply letting the forest grow without check makes the trees easy prey for the very...
  • [AZ] Green group lawsuit blocked forest thinning

    06/30/2002 8:21:04 PM PDT · by brityank · 42 replies · 887+ views
    Arizona Tribune ^ | 30 June, 2002 | MARK FLATTEN AND DAN NOWICKI
    RODEO FIREGreen group lawsuit blocked forest thinning BY MARK FLATTEN AND DAN NOWICKI TRIBUNE Plans to cut fire danger by thinning trees in an Arizona forest now being destroyed by the nation's largest active wildfire were blocked for three years by a Tucson environmental group, a Tribune investigation has found. The U.S. Forest Service approved a plan to thin trees and remove volatile debris in parts of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on the Mogollon Rim in September 1999, according to court records. The plan was halted after the Center for Biological Diversity appealed the decision, then sued in May...
  • Drunken Husband & Bambi Of The Forest Service: A Dichotomy

    06/24/2002 6:37:14 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 6 replies · 283+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | June 24, 2002 | Gerald L. Rowles, Ph.D.
    The strange saga of John and Terry Lynn Barton just keeps getting more extravagant. At the risk of being run out of the pun-writer's union, what we have here is a dichotomy of trees and underbrush – the sublime and the ridiculous. First the sublime; there is a devastating fire of more than 137,000 acres raging through the forests in the northeast corner of Colorado. More than 2500 heroic souls are placing themselves in harm's way to preserve life and land, both humankind's and nature's. Nearly 9000 souls have been evacuated. And the associated costs are mounting to a...
  • Time running out for Show Low (Rodeo Fire)

    06/24/2002 2:31:02 AM PDT · by uglybiker · 28 replies · 256+ views
    www.azcentral.com ^ | June 24, 2002 12:00:00 | Pat Flannery, Jack Kurtz,Judd Slivka, Jonathan Sidener and Kristen Go
    <p>In historic Show Low, red tags on homes that likely can't be saved from the fury of fire were grim signposts of two blazes that merged Sunday in northeastern Arizona.</p> <p>At least part of the city will burn, a firefighting official said.</p>
  • Arizona Town Besieged by Wildfire

    06/23/2002 10:51:08 PM PDT · by ReaganIsRight · 12 replies · 401+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 6/23/02 | Reuters
    Arizona Town Besieged by Raging Wildfire Sun Jun 23,10:07 PM ET PHOENIX (Reuters) - Two raging wildfires converged on Sunday into the biggest fire in Arizona's 90-year history, licking at the edges of a mountain town as firefighters battled to save hundreds of homes. The fire, which has charred more than 322,000 acres, was steadily gaining on the town of Show Low, about 150 miles northeast of Phoenix, said Dorman McGann, spokesman for the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. By late Sunday afternoon, the fire reached the edge of Show Low in Arizona's eastern high country and claimed its first casualty...
  • Charred acreage at nearly 300,000 acres; fire to hit Show Low soon

    06/23/2002 2:46:41 PM PDT · by uglybiker · 161 replies · 425+ views
    The Arizona Republic ^ | 6/23/02 | Judd Slivka, Pat Flannery, Kristin Go
    <p>SHOW LOW - Two huge wildfires raging through northeastern Arizona have exploded to a total of nearly 300,000 acres, fire officials said Sunday morning, with the larger blaze expected to hit Show Low by Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.</p> <p>Noting the shifting winds and the intensity of the inferno, operations section chief Buck Wickham cautioned, "That's a projection, and this fire has done nothing that we've projected yet."</p>
  • Federal Government Declines Private Assistance -- Again

    06/21/2002 8:39:16 PM PDT · by brityank · 14 replies · 304+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | 21 June, 2002 | Rick Stanley
    Federal Government Declines Private Assistance -- Again Stanley for U.S. Senate 2002 Published 06. 21. 02 at 7:22 Sierra Time (DENVER CO -- 1:00 pm) Thursday, June 13, was not an ordinary day for Ron Largent. The Hayman blaze, on its way to becoming the largest wildfire in the history of Colorado, was burning out of control at Lake George, just 25 miles north of Ron's home in Cripple Creek. The U.S. Forest Service hadn't been able to contain it. Today Ron was going to fight the fire. Ron Largent is the Operations Manager for Anglo Gold Mining in...
  • 6 Arizona Rim towns empty; arson is suspected

    06/21/2002 6:26:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies · 538+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | June 21, 2002 12:00:00 | Charles Kelly, Judd Slivka and Kristen Go
    SHOW LOW - One of the worst fires in the state's history grew to a monstrous size Thursday as thousands fled their homes through choking ash and firefighters stood helplessly as the inferno ripped through the Valley's high-country summer playland. By late Thursday, the fire roaring along the Mogollon Rim had virtually emptied six towns, forced 5,200 people from their homes, burned about 50 structures and had grown to 85,000 acres, an area slightly larger than Mesa. Flames slashed across Arizona 260 between Heber and Show Low. The blaze more than 100 miles northeast of Phoenix was a vicious freak...
  • Survivors unhappy with Forest Service memorial (Thirty Mile fire)

    06/14/2002 4:30:05 PM PDT · by Glutton · 7 replies · 220+ views
    the Register Guard ^ | 14 June 02 | AP
    WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - The wording on a U.S. Forest Service memorial to four firefighters who died in the Thirty Mile fire last summer is unpopular with some surviving family members. ``One of the things we're having trouble with is, the Forest Service is making these kids look like heroes,'' said Barbara Weaver, the mother of Devin Weaver, one of the firefighters killed July 10. ``Their lives were taken from them. They were not out there trying to save somebody's life.'' ``They were led down a dead-end road and sat there to do nothing - that's the story,'' Weaver told...
  • Crews try to get upper hand as fire encroaches on Prescott

    05/16/2002 9:24:48 AM PDT · by HiJinx · 18 replies · 314+ views
    The Arizona Republic ^ | May 16, 2002 | Les Stukenberg/The (Prescott) Daily Courier
    <p>Prescott firefighters work the fireline of the "Indian" fire south of Prescott on Wednesday.</p> <p>PRESCOTT - Fire crews face a make-or-break window of time this morning as they struggle to keep a wildfire from destroying more houses in a populated area south of here.</p>